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Garden Clubs Retain
Mrs. Symons As Head
By Vivian Case

Election of officers and other
business this morning. <'oncludflti
the meetings of the Federated Gar-
den Clubs of Michigan in session
here since yesterday.

All officers were re-elected with
the exception of the -first vice pres-
ident Mrs. J. Shirley Symons or
Saginaw continues as president,
and Mrs. George Dobbins of Jack-
son replaces Mrs, E. W. DeLano
of Allegan as first vice president.
M:ts. DeLano becomes one of the

directors for three years, with Mrs,
Louis Kahn of Franklin and Mrs.

) William Fickinser of St. Joseph.

The other officers continuing are
Mrs. Cyrus Kinsman of Grosse Ile,
second vice president; Mrs, Charles
A. Shierson of Detroit, treasurer;
Mrs. C. C. Meloche of Ann Arbor,
recording secretary, and Mrs.
Claude Ressiguie of Saginaw, cor-
responding secretary.

An invitation from the Indian
Hills Garden club of the twin cit-
ies of Benton Harbor and St. Jo
seph to hold the federation meet,
there next, year was accepted,

The banquet last night in the
Michigan Union ballrooms brought
out convention visitors and Ann
Arbor members and guests, to hear
Jay N. (Ding) Darling, who was
introduced by President Alexander
G. Ruthven as "a noted artist and3
able conservatiomst." I
Praises Garden Clubs
Mr. Darling presented a force-j
ful argument for conservation of'
natural resources, declaring that
the garden clubs, which he ad-
dressed, he said, four years ago,
have taken the torch of conserva-

•tion and have carried it as no oth-
er organizations in the United
States have done. The work, how-
ever, is just begun, he continued.

Taking the history of the Amer-
ican bison as a vivid illustration of
man's destruction of his own mea^s
of living, Mr. Darling pointed out
that the buffalo lived for 400,000
years on lands which continued to
flourish with grasses, productive!
surface Soil, and water supply.
But i?i a single generation, he
showed, man exterminated the buf-
falo, and has reduced ^c "razing
i lands to a dusty mena , he
arrus»-r$, is man's »'/\v? :•., |

Tracing mankind's history jnj
many countries, the speaker show-
ed that the wanderings of tribes,
the disappearance of cities or na-
tions, wars of'conquest and inter-
nal wars are all manifestations of
the hungry man in search of food.
Can^t JBxpand On Fron tiers

No government can stand where;

a considerable proportion of the;

people are hungry, Mr. Darling
asserted, pointing to the need that

•has impelled Mussolini, Japan, and
Germany to seek resources, fori
their people. Our frontiers can no
longer be expanded, he continued,!
and this nation must now "sit-
down and eat where it is." For
this reason, there is a menace in
the 61,000 families in southernj
California moved there from thel
dust bowl, and in many a river or|
lake region where the sources ofj
wealth and sustenance have beenj
exhausted and the people have left!
to ^crowd upon the hungry margin j
of industry," as Mr. Darling ex-j
pressed it. }
Not only did the speaker accuse;

the whplesale depletion of natural
sources of wealth, but he pointed'
out how they were destroyed indi-
rectly by industry in its demand for|
cheap power, putting in dams andl
in ill-considered drainage projects.;

Concluding with a more hopeful^
note, Mr. Darling described a few
reclamation efforts as slow but
getting some results, in restoring^
"those sustaining resources o£(
land and water for which there is
no substitute."

(Other stories and pictures of
the convpntion of garden en-
thusiasts will be -found on pages